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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a VPN

The internet may seem like a safe place but that’s not always the case. In this day and age, there’s a lot of cyber attacks and internet data leaks happening and a lot of big corporations like Yahoo, eBay, Marriott International, Uber have been a target of cybersecurity crimes. To protect yourself from sensitive-information leaks, it’s only fair to stay prepared and equip yourself or more specifically your data transfers and internet access, using a strong weapon and shield a.k.a. VPN or a Virtual Private Network. With an increase in internet privacy leaks, there are many VPNs to choose from as your weapon of choice. So much so, that it’s gotten a bit harder to separate the unreliable VPN providers from the best in the business. Here’s a list of some of the most important things to consider when selecting a VPN provider and their services.
 
  1. Security Features
There’s always bound to be a rotten tomato or two in a bunch of fresh tomatoes. The same goes for VPNs. A lot of these average VPN providers claim to have your back when it comes down to security and anonymity, but that’s not always the case. Which is why I almost always recommend checking out reviews from experts after, thoroughly going through their promised features because not all of these features turn out to be in working condition. There are many websites out there that, have reviews of over hundreds of  top rated VPNs, helping you make an informed decision when choosing a VPN. Many VPNs out there are not properly equipped with some of these features to help you with your protection. So, when in search of VPN, be on the lookout for some of these security features:
2.  Payment/Price
I can’t stress enough, I know that many of you might be tempted with free VPNs on the app store, pop-up ads or from third party websites. But remember, when something’s cheap or free, you need to be suspicious of their quality as well as their intent. A lot of these “free” VPN providers out there are guilty of collecting your data transfers and personal information leaks. Anything that’s free simply implies that they aren’t charging you for their server’s maintenance and upkeep and are instead earning it by selling your information to third-parties or scammers. But at the same time, you don’t have to go way out of hand to pay for VPNs. A simple rule of thumb, your VPN subscription shouldn’t cost you more than your monthly internet bill. Remember, you always get what you pay for.

3.  Logging Policies 
Logging into your personal data and information is a common issue with unreliable VPN providers. Through their servers, they log into your data and keep track of your name, emails, bank account details (if you do online banking), browsing history and so on. These sensitive pieces of information are usually handed over to the government or to third-party websites or scammers. Before buying services from a VPN provider, be sure to go through their privacy policy, and be on the lookout for “no logs policy”. ExpressVPN has got an ironclad no-logs policy, making it the best in the business.

4.  Easy access to geo-restricted content
Many geo-restricted websites like BBC, Hulu, Google or Facebook can easily be accessed through VPNs, in fact, it’s one of the main features of a great VPN. But weak VPNs are, most of the time, unable to penetrate past the geo-lock on certain locations that block out VPNs as well. If you're looking to access geo-restricted content, and can’t decide which VPNs to choose from, check out reviews from reputable sites in the business like Top50VPN, they usually test out VPNs by accessing Netflix or Hulu.

5.  VPN Location
Finally, find out the location of your VPN. Make sure it’s not a part of the five, nine and fourteen eyes network. The 5/9/14 eyes are basically an agreement between a few countries where the data transfers and internet activity is logged into. These fourteen countries have an agreement to share their access of your internet data and activities, with one another. To make sure you have the utmost privacy, choose a VPN that is not based in any one of these 14 countries.

Hopefully, armed with these 5 points, you’ll be able to choose a quality VPN that will not compromise your safety and security, and let you access as much of the internet as possible.